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Comelec reusing supplies printed for Palawan plebiscite

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has resolved to make use of within the March 13, 2021 Palawan plebiscite all of the accountable and non-accountable types that have been printed for the aim of the May 11, 2020 Palawan plebiscite that was postponed because of the coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.


In Resolution No. 10684, the Comelec mentioned all dates showing within the printed plebiscite accountable and non-accountable types as May 11, 2020 shall be learn as March 13, 2021.

The ballot physique mentioned for functions of uniformity and to keep away from confusion, “all different types that might be printed sooner or later for functions of the Palawan plebiscite, shall bear the date May 11, 2020.”

The Comelec initially scheduled the conduct of the plebiscite to ratify the division of the province of Palawan into Palawan del Norte, Palawan Oriental, and Palawan del Sur on May 11, 2020.

This is in accordance to Republic Act No. 11259 which gives that the plebiscite must be held on the second Monday of May 2020.

In April 2020, the Comelec suspended the May 11 plebiscite because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon.

The en banc agreed with the advice of its Law Department that holding of a free and sincere plebiscite on May 11, 2020 is unimaginable on the top of the unfold of the COVID-19.

On October 8, 2020, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) accredited the proposal to already maintain the plebiscite in Palawan.

The ballot physique then set the plebiscite to March 13, 2021.